Information Systems Security Engineer III

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Job ID: 11655

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Are you passionate about cybersecurity security and information systems security? Do you want to lead the engineering and development of protection technologies for the security of JPL’s classified work environment? If you answered yes, then we have the right opportunity for you!  At NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, we depend on innovation and technical excellence to develop and deploy secure IT systems and services that provide the edge we need to explore the universe and beyond.

An Information Systems Security Engineer (ISSE) in the Cybersecurity Operations Group supporting the Special Programs Office is challenged every single day with both traditional and non-traditional security issues. The work is diverse, requiring respectful and thoughtful interpersonal skills, as well as a proven ability to cultivate reciprocal relationships, inspire collaboration and promote cooperation. If this environment interests you and you have a desire to protect National Security while helping JPL succeed in this arena, please apply.



  • Provide technical leadership and engineering expertise for the design, deployment, operations and maintenance of classified information systems.
  • Report to the cognizant Information Systems Security Manager (ISSM) within the OCIO and work closely with system owners and information technology technicians to assess and verify security control baselines and ensure their technical implementations meet applicable standards.
  • Interface with other cybersecurity and information technology staff to coordinate Assessment and Authorization activities.
  • Serve as the backup to the Information Systems Security Manager, supporting the certification and proper implementation of the Risk Management Framework (RMF) to ensure the specified security controls are in place and properly tested and that all applicable information systems continue to function as described within the RMF accreditation package.
  • Provide engineering solutions for all RMF accreditations throughout the entire systems/product lifecycle.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of system functions, security policies, technical security safeguards, and operational protective measures.



  • You must be a U.S. citizen with an active Top Secret clearance based upon a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI)  and approved or previously approved for Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) access within the last 2 years.
  • Typically requires a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 6 years of related Cybersecurity experience; Master’s degree with a minimum of 4 years of related experience; or PhD with a minimum of 2 years related experience
  • Possess one of the Department of Defense (DoD) approved 8570 Baseline certifications for Information Assurance Manager (IAM) level III or plan to be certified within 6 months of hire date
  • Successful experience with system hardening, configuration testing, continuous monitoring and scanning using any of the following tools: SCAP, Nessus, Snort, Splunk
  • Willingness to submit to a Counterintelligence polygraph
  • Recent experience implementing the Intelligence Community Directive (ICD) 503 and Risk Management Framework (RMF) principles, Assessment & Accreditation lifecycle, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publications including 800-53, Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) Publications 199 & 200, and Defense Security Service (DSS) processes including Office of the Designated Approving Authority (ODAA) Business Management System (OBMS) web-based system
  • Knowledge of security concepts and best practices such as defense in-depth, least privilege, need-to-know, separation of duties, access controls, encryption, etc.
  • Strong technical and social skills providing accountability and day-to-day support in ensuring classified automated information systems (AIS) are protected and operated in accordance with governing policies and related manuals.


Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • Preferred (ISC)2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) – Information System Security Engineer in good standing
  • Experience with Security Repository Tools such as Telos Xacta IA Manager or Trusted Agent FISMA (TAF)
  • Experience and knowledge of using Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) tools including; Splunk ES to analyze relevant security events and alerts


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